P R A I S E
"For many times when they were reviled, insulted, stripped naked, scourged, bound or imprisoned, they would not avail themselves of any one's protection, but bore all so bravely that the voice of praise and thanksgiving alone sounded in their mouth. Scarcely, or not at all, did they cease from praising God and from prayer."
(The First Life of St. Francis, Thomas of Celano, par. 40)
Concerning the early Franciscans:
Daily devotion to, and the experience of the Holy Spirit's anointing is essential. This comes about through praise, the highest form of prayer (because it is entirely focused on God Himself)...it is what the angels and saints do forever in Heaven.
God always attends praise from the heart with His anointed presence: "But thou dwellest in the holy place, the praise of Israel." (Psalm 22:3)